Silver Springs State Park

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Silver Springs State Park located in Ocala. Silver Run Museum & Environmental Education Center opened to the public on weekends owned by the Marion County School System. Articles placed inside the time capsule in 1991 next to the museum. The time capsule won’t be opened until 2091.

PICT2074Swings and a jungle gym for children to play on. Bring a picnic lunch or barbecue in one of the pavilions. Whether you’re walking or hiking along a trail, biking the 4.5-mile trail, camping or driving Be Bear Aware.

Columbian Mammoth

Columbian Mammoth

Giant Short-Faced Bear

Giant Short-Faced Bear

 

 

 

 

 

Many prehistoric animals from the Columbian Mam-moth, Giant Short-Faced Bear to the Archaeocete Whale, Pleistocene and Miocene Fossils.

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Many exhibits throughout the museum and educational center. Steamboats a popular way of travel in the 19th century. People would take a journey on the Marion Sternwheel Riverboat on the Ocklawaha River from Palatka to Silver Springs. Henry A. Gray captain from 1871 until 1880. Tarzan movies and “Cross Creek” a movie about Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings made on location.

Take a self-tour of a replica of a Cracker Homestead. Entrance fees and hours of operation found on the website.

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